Accession Number : ADA465548


Title :   Public Relations and Propaganda: Restrictions on Executive Agency Activities


Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE


Personal Author(s) : Kosar, Kevin R.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA465548


Report Date : 21 MAR 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 16


Abstract : Controversies recently have arisen over certain executive branch agencies' expenditures of appropriated funds on public relations activities, some of which have been characterized as propagandistic. Generally speaking, there are two legal restrictions on agency public relations activities and propaganda. 5 U.S.C. 3107 prohibits the use of appropriated funds to hire publicity experts. Appropriations law "publicity and propaganda" clauses restrict the use of funds for puffery of an agency, purely partisan communications, and covert propaganda. No federal agency monitors federal public relations activities, but a Member or Committee of Congress may ask the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to examine an agency's expenditures on public relations activities with a view to their legality. Any effort to reform current statutory restrictions 011 agency public relations activities will face three challenges: tracking public relations activities by agencies, defining "propaganda," and enforcing laws against agency use of funds for publicity experts and propaganda.


Descriptors :   *ETHICS , *PUBLIC RELATIONS , *ACCOUNTABILITY , ORGANIZATIONS , PROPAGANDA , LAW ENFORCEMENT , LEGISLATION , TRACKING


Subject Categories : ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
      ECONOMICS AND COST ANALYSIS
      SOCIOLOGY AND LAW


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE